Delek is a foreign based parent company that is expanding in a variety of business ventures including refinery throughout several states in this country.Delek US Holdings’ Tyler Refinery is one of several manufacturing companies in Tyler, Texas with other companies including Cavender’s and Vesuvius USA. Refinery workers must be particularly cautious of some of the most common types of catastrophic accidents that can occur in the refinery industry.

The History of the Tyler Refinery

Involved in energy and infrastructure, Delek Group LTD is one of the largest Israeli companies. Delek US Holdings is a division of Delek Group LTD and includes three primary business segments: logistics, convenience store retailing, and logistics. Headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee, Delek US Holdings employs more than four thousand people in the United States and has been publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange since 2006. Delek’s Tyler refinery operates a capacity of up to 75,000 crude oil barrels per day. The Tyler facility processes mostly light, sweet crude oils and is the only supplier of a full range of refined petroleum products within a radius of approximately one hundred miles.

Injuries and Fatalities due to Explosions at the Tyler Refinery

The Environmental Protection Agency successfully pursued a claim that in November of 2008, an explosion Delek’s Tyler refinery. Among several potential violations, this claim alleged that the refinery released butane, carbon monoxide, isobutane, methane, and propane into the air in violation of the Clean Air Act. There is a significant danger that leaks of these various could cause explosions. For example propane is highly flammable and can be easily ignited by any source of heat or electricity including fire, smoking, materials, or sparks.

Chemical Exposures  at the Tyler Refinery Cause Injuries and Fatalities

In April of 2008 several employees were injured after sustaining chemical burns. In this situation, hot oil was being drained prior to cleaning a coker unit, which is an oil refinery processing unit. This routine task was performed every eighteen to twenty four hours and had been done so since the coker unit was built in 1979. As the hot oil was draining, oil spewed out of the coker unit’s drain and spilled onto three employees. The employees experienced second degree burns to their arms, abdomens, and faces which requires each of the individuals to be hospitalized overnight. Second degree burns affect the outer and underlying layers of an individual’s skin. Second degree burns are further divided into superficial partial-thickness burns and deep partial-thickness burns. While superficial partial-thickness burns injure the first and second layers of an individual’s skin, deep partial-thickness burns injure the deeper skin layers of a burn victim.

The Assistance of a Talented Tyler Refinery Accident Attorney

If you are a worker who has been injured due to the behavior of an oil refinery or a loved one has been killed from such an event, consider retaining the services of a talented Texas refinery accident attorney who understands the various ways in which these types of accidents occur and how to best initiate a legal claim.